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Hector McIntosh Student Speaking Competition Goes Online!

 Because public gatherings have been curtailed to prevent the spread of CoVid-19, we cancelled last year’s competition. This year we are trying a completely new “21st Century” structure: Hector McIntosh Student Speaking Competition Online.
Here’s how it works:
Creating and submitting a speech:
  1. Pick a subject from the Speech Content list.
  2. Compose and memorize a 4-to-7-minute speech using the Persuasive style.
  3. Video the speech and post it to YouTube as an “unlisted” video.
  4. Complete the registration form and include the link to your speech.
  5. Send registration form as an attachment to
Speech Content:
Rotary International devotes time and resources to seven areas of focus:
Rotary’s 7 Areas of Focus
  • Disease Prevention and Treatment.
  • Peace and Conflict Resolution.
  • Clean Water and Sanitation.
  • Maternal and Child Health.
  • Basic Education and Literacy.
  • Economic and Community Development.
  • Supporting the Environment.
Your challenge is to pick one of the seven areas and persuade your friends and the judges why this is the most important issue for Rotary and the world to act upon either now or in the long term. Here’s your chance to have a voice just like Greta Thunberg to make an impassioned plea for individuals and governments to take action to make the world a better place for people everywhere.
  • You may submit up to three speeches.
  • The competition is about the composition and delivery of your message, not the technology. We want to see your face and hear your message, just as if you were addressing a live audience. Preference will be given to a single “take” (no splices), but a couple of splices are acceptable to be sure that you’ve delivered your all-around best speech. Splicing together every sentence does not give your audience evidence of your power to persuade an audience through public speech.
  • Think of this as a 4-7 minute TED talk.
  • You may use images to support your speech, but you don’t have to, and they should only be used to enhance your persuasive argument and not distract from it.
  • This speech is designed to persuade and must be on a serious topic, although this does not mean that humour and wit might not be useful at points in the speech.
  • There must be a persuasive element to the speech, although this may take a number of forms. For example, the persuasive aspect might be in convincing the audience that a problem does in fact exist, or in convincing them of the causes of the problem, or that the speaker’s proposed solution will solve the problem.
Identification of problem & effectiveness of solution
Knowledge of topic & use of evidence
Clarity of thought & structure of speech
Delivery & persuasiveness
Awarding prizes:
Awards will be based on a combination of popular support (40%) and formal judging (60%). Participants are encouraged to share their video with friends and family. Points will be given for number of views and number of likes. Impartial judges will adjudicate speeches using the same criteria as for the in-person competition. In conjunction with the popular support, the adjudicators will make the final decision on the awards.
Three awards will be presented in each of the following categories:
First Place
Second Place
Third Place
1 (Gr.1-6)
2 (Gr. 7 & 8)
3 (Gr. 9 & 10)
4 (Gr. 11* & 12*)
*Full amount will be awarded only on proof of registration at a post-secondary institution.
Rotary Liaison
If you have any questions please contact:
Corrine Thompson, email:  phone: 250-709-1903
Gregg Perry, email:  phone: 250-748-3250
  • Speeches must be uploaded and your registration with the link sent to the Rotary Club of Duncan no later than June 4th.
  • Awards will be announced on June 21st.